To mark the end of Hospice Care Week, it was mud, sweat and gears this weekend as over a thousand intrepid cyclists came together to pit themselves against the wilds of Dartmoor for the St Luke’s Tour de Moor cycling challenge, generously sponsored by Print Copy Scan.

On Sunday 15 October the annual off road bike challenge – a complete sell-out – raised an estimated £80,000 thanks to the 1,300 participants who took on the off-road 11km, 23km or 52km routes from Harrowbeer Airfield, Yelverton.

For many it wasn’t just about a fun muddy challenge across Dartmoor, but a chance to remember a loved one and witness first hand how far St Luke’s care reaches beyond Plymouth. Rebecca Kelly, Events Fundraiser for St Luke’s, said: “With almost half of our care taking place at home, the bikers will have travelled through some of the most remote Dartmoor villages and experienced the challenges our nurses face every day to provide this care at home, day or night and in every type of weather imaginable”. It is this care that drives people to get out of bed at 6am on a misty Sunday morning, hop on a bike and do their bit for charity.

Riding in memory of Dad, Edward was Dave Noble from Eggbuckland: “Dad had a sudden onset of dementia and was admitted to St Luke’s at Turnchapel. The care and compassion the doctors and nurses gave to him in his final weeks was outstanding. Taking part today is my way of saying thank you to St Luke’s and raising a bit of cash to helping others who may need the support from this incredible charity in years to come.”

Chris Putt from Elburton also riding the 52km in memory of his mum Peggy said,: “Without the help of St Luke’s I don’t know how we would have coped. Supporting the charity is so important because it does such fantastic work.”

“Hats off, or should I say helmets to all the marshals and volunteers who gave up their Sunday to help out. The 52km was quite tricky in places and very hard going up past the scout hut to Princetown, but best of all plenty of mud a puddles!” said Lindsey Lee Pritchard from Honicknowle.

Di Foster added, “My first year and wow! The toughest most challenging thing I’ve ever had to do. Will I be back next year, you bet I will be – I had far too much fun.”

It was a family outing for Matt Kelley and his son Toby (aged 11) from Modbury. “This is for Dad, a firefighter at Plymstock who we really miss. He would often volunteer for St Luke’s and in his final days he received such great care from the hospice.”

Rebecca Kelly, Events Fundraiser for St Luke’s, added: “What an amazing day! We’re so grateful to all who braved the course. Our riders have pledged enough to look after 80 families at home in the year ahead and that’s a fantastic achievement for everyone involved. They did us proud!”

St Luke’s would like to thank local firm Print Copy Scan for their sponsorship of this year’s event, as well as recognising the kindness of the Maristow Estate and Buckland Abbey for the use of their land, the Devon and Cornwall Rescue Team and St John’s Ambulance for their vital support and the Plume of Feathers pub for help with facilities.

St Luke’s provides care for people dealing with life-limiting illnesses everywhere from Salcombe to East Cornwall, via Tavistock and the moors, supporting families as much as patients. The charity supports around 3,500 people and their families each year, vital services which it needs to raise over £4 million to provide.

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Accumulator Challenge

How much money can you raise in one month?

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is asking local businesses and organisations to get creative with their money making skills during October in its latest fundraising challenge.

The local charity is inviting teams to take part in its Accumulator Challenge, a month long challenge to raise as much money for the charity from an initial £50.

Every team that signs up will be given a £50 note and one month to find interesting and innovative ways of gaining as much profit as possible, all of which will be donated to St Luke’s.

St Luke’s corporate fundraiser Nicola Keen said, “Our Accumulator Challenge is an exciting and creative way for teams to work together to raise money for St Luke’s. We are inviting companies and organisations to get involved and see how much money they can make with their £50. You could run fundraising events, auction items, invest the £50 on the stock market, set sporting challenges or organise social activities to raise funds. There are so many great reasons to sign up, not only will you be helping to support over 3,480 patients locally every year, but it is a fantastic opportunity to boost teamwork and morale in your organisation.”

The challenge begins with a drinks reception in September at PL1 Restaurant and will be hosted by students at City College Plymouth. Teams will then have from 1 – 31 October to make as much profit from their £50 as possible. The winning team who have managed to raise the most amount money will then be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 8 November.

Last year the 10 local businesses who took part in the Accumulator Challenge raised £9,340 for patient care. This money makes a real difference to patients of St Luke’s in the last months, weeks and days of life. At home, in hospital or at their specialist unit in Turnchapel, the money raised from the Accumulator Challenge helps St Luke’s to continue to provide specialist care for patients and give vital support to their families.

If you think your company or business has what it takes, then contact St Luke’s at or call 01752 964414 to sign up your team.

Visit the Accumulator Challenge page online.

A Plymouth based charity has created a central online hub of information for healthcare professionals and patients, with the launch of their new website.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth has launched a brand new website, with quality of care provision at its’ core.

A key focus of the website is their new ‘information hub’, which provides resources, downloads and medical guidance for health and social care professionals, medical students and patients and their carers.

Other features of the new website include a dedicated area for course bookings for the variety of end of life training and clinical courses that the charity runs, as well as a live feed of care reviews left on the ‘Tripadvisor’ of the care profession, iWantGreatCare.

The website also includes a virtual tour of St Luke’s specialist unit at Turnchapel. The online tool offers the chance to wander around the halls of the local landmark, and hopes to demystify the work done by the nursing teams and support staff that work inside.

The website has been designed by Plymouth based creative branding design company, Logo Creative Partners. The website is the result of 10 months of hard work, since the charity launched a tender process for the work back in September 2016. The project has highlighted the importance of local partnerships, with the two Plymouth organisations working closely to create a website that not only represents the charity and its’ values, but provides clear information surrounding end of life care for healthcare professionals and patients alike.

Logo Creative Partners were chosen to undertake the project as they showed a clear understanding of the St Luke’s ethos and position within the community, which they were able to translate into the design of the website.

Communications and Marketing Officer at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Gabby Prior said, “We are excited to finally launch our brand new website, it has been a long time coming. As a hospice charity, it was always going to be a challenge to ensure that our website catered for all our loyal fundraisers as well as health and social care professionals and most importantly, our patients, but Logo Creative Partners have definitely helped us to achieve that balance. We want the St Luke’s website to not only be an informative hub that medical professionals and our patients can turn to for signposting and guidance, but also to provide a wealth of creative ideas and support to make your fundraising event the talk of the town.”

Managing Director at Logo Creative Partners, Nick Burrage said, “Logo Creative Partners were delighted to be able to work on the St Luke’s website. We clearly identified the challenge as treating the very different visitor groups to the site appropriately in each case. While medical professionals will be busy people in search of information, friends and relatives of those using the hospice need to be treated in an entirely different way, sensitive to their situation. Of course there are also a large number of fun-runners and donors who have a different mindset again!

“Working closely with the team at St Luke’s was a joy – they are well-informed and passionate and it made the design and build process a really productive one. The site will allow the hospice to link in more closely with the medical profession and be fully accessible to the wider Plymouth community which is rightly proud of St Luke’s.”

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth provides care and support to over 3480 people suffering from life-limiting illnesses at home, in Derriford Hospital and at their specialist unit at Turnchapel. To find out more about the charity and to access their new information hub visit

2 July 2017

Thousands of women painted Plymouth City Centre neon on Saturday, as they took part in St Luke’s Neon Midnight Walk.

The annual St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Midnight Walk, sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors, left a fluorescent glow on the city as over 1700 women donned neon t shirts and face paint to raise money for people with life-limiting illnesses in the local area.

The women set off from the new location of the Piazza, Armada Way, following an energetic hip hop based warm up from Street Factory, a not-for-profit organisation that helps to transform young lives through the elements of hip hop and mentoring.

Dressed head to toe in neon with plenty of glow sticks and party tunes to guide them through the night, the ladies took on three routes of either 3, 6 or 13.1 miles, culminating back at the Piazza in the early hours.

The walk even included a choice of diversion, a trip on The Plymouth Sound or a journey through the Barbican in style. The ladies either enjoyed a boat cruise from Plymouth Boat Trips, which ferried the women across the water from Queen Anne’s Battery to the historic Barbican Quarter of Sutton Harbour, or a bus provided by Plymouth City Bus, taking ladies through the Barbican, both to the sound of party music to make their big night out complete.

As the ladies crossed the finish line they received a goody bag, their well deserved medals and a glass of bubbly, to plenty of hugs and cheers.
It was a family outing for Alison Scott. Joined by Lynda, Hollie and Sharon from Beacon Park and dressed in neon yellow, these ladies took on three mile challenge. “We’re walking in memory of my Dad who passed away this year” said Alison. “My Dad was cared for by the St Luke’s crisis team, so dad could remain at home in his last few days. Dad wanted to be at home and St Luke’s made it possible providing round the clock nursing care, we can’t thank them enough for what they did.”

Tara Smith was part of a group of seven from the co-op on Albert Road, Devonport. “We had a massive bucket in work, and our kind customers have helped us raise over £1,000 for this amazing cause. They did us proud, thank you.” Taking on the six mile route, Tara added, “It was a good laugh, we all enjoyed it. There is so much positivity here tonight, so many people know someone who has had cancer and received care by St Luke’s, it’s not about been sad, it’s about remembering and celebrating the life of some very special people.”

Raising over £100, Natalie Powell from St Budeaux said, “I really ,really enjoyed it, it had a real party atmosphere. For me the toughest bit on the 13.1 miles was going up Alma Road, but once you got your pace and got it the run of things, it was absolutely brilliant. The marshals were absolutely fantastic, people clapping and cheering you en route, taxi drivers tooting their horns it really makes you want to do it quicker.”

Senior events fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Marian Kennedy said, “The Midnight Walk was once again a fantastic success, it was brilliant to see so many women of all ages joining together to walk for St Luke’s, raising money for end of life care in their local community. Thank you to everyone who took part and please don’t forget to get your sponsorship money in so your walk can really make a difference.”

St Luke’s would like to thank everyone that took part, contributed, donated or volunteered to help make the night what it was, including; Nash & Co Solicitors, Plymouth City Council, PL1 Events, Powwow TV, Street Factory, Heart Radio, Sainsbury’s Armada Way, Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth City Bus, Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Response Team, Rapid Relief Team Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Roaming Bike Marshals, Costa Coffee Marsh Mills and Armada Way, McDonalds Marsh Mills, Friary Mill, House of Fraser, Yellowbird Media, Vospers, YGS Landscapes, PH Group, Portlebay Popcorn, Plymouth Amateur Rowing Club, Crownhill Methodist Church, Plymouth Argyle, EE, Department of Working Pensions, Plymouth Trophyman, Plymouth University, Brandon’s Tool Hire, Plymouth Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church, Queen Anne’s Battery, PRS Licensing, OTM Services and FR Systems.

The flagship fundraising event raises in the region of £200,000 each year to ensure St Luke’s can continue to deliver end of life care to patients at home, at Derriford Hospital or in their specialist unit at Turnchapel.

Tour de Moor

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are inviting the toughest of cyclists to master the moors on Sunday 15 October and take on their annual Tour de Moor challenge.

There will be mud, sweat and plenty of gears in action as mountain bike riders take to the moors to embark on a cycle ride like no other. Sponsored by Print Copy Scan, a local supplier of printers and copiers, the ride will encompass challenging off-road moorland trails set amongst the spectacular scenery of Dartmoor.

Riders can choose between the intermediate 23km route or if they’re feeling brave enough, they can tackle the hills up to Princetown on the 52km route, cycling skills will definitely be put to the ultimate test. For a much more gentle route, featuring a mixture of tarmac paths and off-road trails, there is the family friendly 11km ride along Drake’s Trail, suitable for anyone with a bike.

The Tour de Moor challenge departs from and finishes at Harrowbeer Airfield, near Yelverton at 8.30am. The route will go around the beautiful surroundings of Buckland Abbey, providing some tough terrain as bikers navigate their way through the woods and up some challenging hills. Registration is just £20 and includes a t shirt and finisher’s medal.

Not only does the Tour de Moor get the adrenaline pumping, it also makes a real difference to patients of St Luke’s in the last months, weeks and days of life. At home, in hospital or at their specialist unit in Turnchapel, the money raised in sponsorship helps the Plymouth based charity to continue to provide specialist care to patients and give vital support to their families.

Head of fundraising at St Luke’s, Penny Hannah, said “Our Tour de Moor is set to be a fantastic day for all those keen cyclists out there. We are giving our riders the chance to experience the challenging peaks of Dartmoor and the mud, sweat and gears that go with it and with three routes to choose from, there’s no excuse to not get the whole family involved. It will be tough, but the money you raise will help us to provide vital care and support to people and their families across the local area, making every hill worth that extra effort!”

Director of Print Copy Scan, Karl Welburn, said “We are very proud of the work St Luke’s does in the community and are delighted to be sponsoring Tour de Moor for the next three years. St Luke’s is the only palliative care provider in this area and what is most important is that the money raised by Tour de Moor participants through sponsorship, goes directly on patient care.”

Sign up for the Tour de Moor 2017 here or by calling 01752 492626.

15 May 2017

A flash mob of neon dancers took over Drake Circus on Saturday to celebrate the countdown to St Luke’s annual Midnight Walk.

The event was put on by St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth in collaboration with Street Factory, a Plymouth based not-for-profit organisation that helps to transform young lives through the elements of hip hop and mentoring.

More than 20 dancers, made up of St Luke’s staff and volunteers, staff from Nash & Co Solicitors, alongside professional dancers from Street Factory, brought Drake Circus to life on Saturday lunchtime with a fluorescent flash mob, in preparation for the charity’s annual women’s sponsored walk on Saturday 1 July.

Sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors, the city’s favourite ladies’ night out will be starting and finishing at The Piazza, Royal Parade this year and is set to be a colourful night to remember. The theme is neon, so prepare for an array of fluorescent outfits, glow sticks and face paint to guide you through the night.

Bring all the girls and your glow sticks and join the thousands of women that take part each year, whether you are walking in memory of someone, to support St Luke’s or simply to have a fun night out, everyone is welcome.

There is a 3, 6 or 13.1 mile route to choose from, with party tunes and entertainment to kick start your night. Be ready to hit the pavements at 10pm for 13.1 miles, 11pm for six miles and midnight for three miles.

Street Factory will be there on the night to get everyone warmed up and to get the party started.

Toby Gorniak from Street Factory Hip Hop Arts and Culture organisation, said, “We feel privileged to be collaborating with St Luke’s this year. The Neon Midnight Walk is an event which unites our community and makes such a difference. We are  proud to be part of it”.

The flagship fundraising event raises in the region of £200,000 each year to ensure St Luke’s can continue to deliver end of life care to patients at home, at Derriford Hospital or in their specialist unit at Turnchapel.

Senior events fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Marian Kennedy said, “Our Midnight Walk is our most popular event of the year. It gives women of all ages and fitness abilities the chance to join together and enjoy a night of socialising and remembering their loved ones. This year we wanted to bring some colour to the streets, so are introducing a neon theme to help illuminate you as you walk into the night. We are looking forward to working with Nash & Co Solicitors and Street Factory and are excited for what the night holds. We are always so grateful to everyone that takes part supporting St Luke’s and we can’t wait to see everyone in their fluorescent gear on the night.”

Registration is just £18 and includes an exclusive neon t-shirt to wear on the night as well as a unique medal and goody bag for all finishers.

Sign up now at To find out more about the work Street Factory does you can visit their website at

After a decade as a Trustee and seven years at the helm as Chairman at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Stuart Elford will be stepping down in May and passing on the baton to Christina Quinn.

It will be the end of an era for Stuart, who is Director of Operations and Development at GA Solicitors as well as a Director of the Devon Chamber of Commerce.

“I feel I have got a lot from St Luke’s over the years”, Stuart says, “I have learnt from it and taken joy from it. I am so proud of the organisation and the people in it. It has never been a chore for me; it has been a real joy to be involved.”

During his tenure with St Luke’s Stuart has faced a number of challenges, but even more so, a number of highlights and has played a crucial part in making St Luke’s what it is today.

“A key highlight of mine would be the instigation of Hospice without Walls and the Crisis Team. I was really proud to see this concept brought to life and to see it become the success it is now. Another would be when St Luke’s received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. I remember feeling that it was such an honour to represent all the volunteers who put so much time and energy into St Luke’s. This showed true recognition of what the hospice has done and what we have achieved.”

Stuart will be passing on the role of Chair to Christina Quinn, who will be officially taking over on 23 May.

“I feel I am leaving St Luke’s in good shape and will be leaving it in the capable hands of Christina, who will take on the baton from me. Her deep understanding of the healthcare and NHS landscape will bring vast benefits to the organisation and I really wish her well in the role. I thank you all for your support these last 10 years and I look forward to seeing what the future will bring for St Luke’s. It has been a pleasure, privilege and honour to be a part of the journey with you.”

Christina has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the health and social care sector. Originally from London, she trained as a nurse at St Bartholomews Hospital, before moving to the South West where she has since worked for the Plymouth NHS Trust and is currently Director of the South West NHS Leadership Academy.

Throughout her career, Christina’s key interests have been leadership and the impact of leadership in outcomes for patient care. In her current role she is responsible for shaping leadership development interventions at a national and regional level.
Having grown up in London, one of the main attractions for moving to this part of the country was Christina’s childhood longing to live by the sea. With hobbies including open water swimming and diving, she has truly embraced the lifestyle down here.
Becoming Chair is a role that Christina is proud to be taking on.

“St Luke’s has always been an organisation that has been held very dearly by the city”, she says. “Having experienced St Luke’s through my position within the local healthcare profession, it is clear that it is an example of a really fantastic organisation, not only in how the staff themselves feel about it, but through its work within the community as a whole.

“I hope to continue the good work of Stuart and moving forward I hope that I will be able to offer my expertise and experience surrounding the health and social care sector. St Luke’s is prised and cherished by the community of Plymouth and the surrounding area. I want to continue to be an advocate and champion of St Luke’s, building and strengthening our identity both regionally and nationally.”

Christina will officially be taking over as Chair of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday 23 May. We wish her all the best in her new role.

Men's Day Out

More than 1,000 men descended on the streets of Plymouth on Saturday as they embarked on a lad’s day out like no other.

The city’s annual Men’s Day Out, in aid of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, proved to be a day of epic proportions.

The mass gathering of men took on the 12km route around the city, some adorned in fancy dress, to a flurry of cheers and chants, finishing at the rugby ground for a well-deserved pasty, pint and an afternoon of watching Plymouth Albion take on Newcastle-based Blaydon, rounding off the day with a 45-0 win.

This was the first year that the event was a complete sell-out, with hundreds of men from across Plymouth, Tavistock, the South Hams and Cornwall taking part.

Mark Slate who works for Plymouth based Bruton Knowles said : “This is my third time taking part. I lost my wife to cancer a couple of years ago and the hospice looked after her. St Luke’s is a great local charity that I am keen to support. This is my way of showing appreciation for the care and support they provided.

Neil from Plymstock said “I don’t think there is anybody here today that doesn’t know someone who has received the amazing care from St Luke’s. I’m a healthcare professional and the work they do is absolutely fantastic. The men have come out in force today to raise lots of money and show our appreciation”.

Andy Shaw from Crownhill said “Everybody wins, St Luke’s promote their cause and raises a serious amount of money to ensure people get the care they need, the pubs win, Albion win and everyone has a great day out”.

The event is estimated to raise in the region of £50,000 for the charity, who provide end of life care to patients in the local community, whether at home, in hospital or at their specialist unit at Turnchapel.

Senior events fundraiser at St Luke’s, Marian Kennedy, said, “The whole day was an overwhelming success. It was fantastic to see so many of you walking in support of St Luke’s. We would like to say a massive thank you to IU Energy who sponsored the event, all 80 of our amazing volunteers on the day, Albion Rugby Football Club and the following organisations for their support; Friary Mill Bakery, Morrisons, Tolchards, Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Response Team, Rapid Relief Team, The Roundabout, The Victualling Office and Pilgrim Pasties.

“Thank you to each and every one of you who took part in the day, it is your donations that really make a difference. Every penny raised will go towards the £19,060 it costs to run our services every day, providing care and support to people in your community with a life-limiting illness.”

Care for people at the end of their lives is moving into a new era as St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Livewell Southwest and Marie Curie unite in partnership in piloting a new model for co-ordinating and delivering care to people living within Plymouth and West Devon.

Under this new partnership arrangement, existing services run by the different organisations will be brought together. This will mean anyone needing end of life care, and their families will now have one central point of contact to coordinate their care.

As a patient’s condition changes, this new pilot will provide a seamless transition between all three care providers ensuring the best care possible to patients and their families, at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.

Under this new partnership a team of nurses and admin staff from the three organisations will be based at the St Luke’s site in Crownhill.

George Lillie, Clinical Director and Deputy CEO at St Luke’s explained, “This is a huge step forward for care in our area and, for us, part of the ambitious plans the Government has to ensure end of life care is co-ordinated and partnership working is maximised as a way to meet the increasing demands of delivering care within local communities.”

“When someone is at end of life it can be a very anxious and worrying time for both the patient and their family. This pilot will remove the frustration and time involved for a patient having to speak to multiple care providers and ensure the care package is accommodated quickly. Working as one, will mean all three providers will have shared knowledge of the patient and be able to react as soon as the patient is referred to them for care.”

Michelle Thomas, Director of Operations from Livewell Southwest said, “Developing coordinated ways of working with key partners and stakeholders that puts people at the centre of their care and support is a priority for Livewell Southwest. This is a really exciting initiative and one we are delighted to be a part of. The new partnership working will ensure that people and their families receive the very best care and support possible at a time when they really need it.”

Karen Burfitt, Regional Manager from Marie Curie said, “This partnership will help hugely in simplifying how patients and their families get the care and support they need. It will help to ease some of the strain a family will experience when a loved one is terminally ill, and allow them to make the most of the time they have together.”

The pilot will be evaluated later this summer. If it has been proven to be successful, the partners will make recommendations to the commissioners to make this a permanent arrangement where the full-scale management of all end of life care services locally is transferred to shared control. This will be done on a not-for-profit basis as part of the partnership’s joint commitment to the Government’s “Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care” framework for improving end of life care.

Access to the service will be facilitated via GP or healthcare professional referral.

Hundreds of glowing jars are set to light up Plymouth Sound in April, as part of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s beautiful Memory Jar display.

The much loved local charity is giving those that have lost someone, the opportunity to own a glass memory jar and write their own handwritten message to a loved one, to go inside. The memory jar will then join hundreds of others to create an enchanting display of shared memories, bringing members of the community together in remembrance.

From 9 April for three weeks, the display will be on show for everyone to view in the garden on Plymouth Hoe, next to Valenti’s café. By day this beautiful garden will give the local community the chance to admire these memories and pay their respects to those no longer with us. By night the jars will illuminate with their individual solar lights to shine brightly over Plymouth Sound.

Events fundraiser at St Luke’s Rebecca Kelly, said “Our Memory Jar appeal is open to all, not just people cared for by St Luke’s. It gives you the opportunity to remember your loved ones in a special and unique way. We understand how important it is to be able to remember your loved ones; memories are precious and are what keep us in touch. We would encourage supporters to collect their memory jar at the end of the display, keep it somewhere special and add memories along the way for years to come; creating a special tribute and something to cherish forever.”

All donations received for each jar will go towards the £4 million the charity needs to raise every year, caring for over 3400 patients and their families in the local community; at home, at hospital and at their specialist unit at Turnchapel.

The display officially opens on Sunday 9 April with a special remembrance launch event at 3pm, featuring a selection of readings and poems.

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